What a Date Costs Around the World

Just how much do couples expect to spend romancing each other over dinner and drinks? It all depends on where they live

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Looking to go out on a date in Rome? A meal for two at a nice restaurant in Rome is generally €58, or about $66 US. 

Love lingers in the air far beyond that mushyFebruary 14 holiday celebrated by couples around the world, who make sure to post a Facebook status saying something like, “He totally gets me!” with an accompanying photo of Russell Stover chocolates.

What a Date Costs Around the World (Slideshow)

Oh boy.

If you’re hoping to impress that special someone on any given night of the year, you’re likely looking to take them on a dazzling date: to a terrific restaurant — perhaps with an incredible cityscape view or built into beautiful cliffs overlooking a coastline — followed by some equally unforgettable drinks.

But not all dates around the world are created equal. Consider yourself lucky if you live in Madrid, where dinner and drinks will leave just about $80 US of damage. If you live in Geneva, you’re better off if you have a flexible budget as a night out at a nice restaurant with drinks to follow can cost you about $180 US there. 

The Daily Meal used the site Expatsian.com to determine just how much a dinner for two at a nice restaurant with wine and dessert included as well as  the cost of a cocktail at a cocktail bar costs in seven global cities.  The Daily Meal used Google's currency converter to covert prices. 

Hold on to your wallets as you check out our list.


Geneva is bathed in natural beauty, making it an incredible place to kindle love and romance. Dinner out on the town for two, from mains through to dessert with wine, can be equally incredible at an average of a whopping 126 CHF (Swiss francs), or $133 US. Continue on for drinks, with cocktails priced at about 22 CHF each ($23 US), and you’ll find your date night costs about 170 CHF — nearly $180 US. 


Who hasn’t dreamt of being wined and dined by a gorgeous Spaniard while exploring Madrid? Let’s hope they’re paying, because a meal for two at a nice restaurant, including wine and dessert, will run anywhere from €48, or about $55 US, to €50, or about $57 US. Add on drinks, which run about €9, a little more than $10 US, for a cocktail at a bar (or you can go for the €5.30 for a beer in a local pub), and you’re at close to €68 — nearly $77 US for a date.

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